The Elder Scrolls Online MMO revealed


After years of rumors, the confirmation finally came today: Bethesda is currently developing a massively mutliplayer game based on the Elder Scrolls franchise. And it sounds like they've already been working on it for years.

"It will be extremely rewarding finally to unveil what we have been developing the last several years," said Elder Scrolls Online game director Matt Firor. "The entire team is committed to creating the best MMO ever made – and one that is worthy of The Elder Scrolls franchise." Firor has previously worked on the cult-classic MMO Dark Age of Camelot.

According to the reveal, the game will take place a millenium before the events of Skyrim, and will follow the story of the Daedric prince Molag Bal who is trying to pull all of Tamriel into his dimension. 

The game will allow players to explore all the varied regions of Tamriel, rather than a single zone as has been the tradition since the early days of the Elder Scrolls. The magazine reveal will also delve into aspects like single-player questing, group dungeons, and open world PvP.

The Elder Scrolls Online currently due out sometime in 2013. 

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  • TheZigMan - May 3, 2012 7:15 p.m.

    This could be sick if they did it right
  • ryan-balgobin - May 3, 2012 6:08 p.m.

    I'm a fan of MMOs, and I do love the elder scrolls, but I really can't imagine this MMO being great. In the elder scrolls games I like the fact that you are the sole hero who can save the day, I mean imagine Skyrim with a million dovakhins running around, it would just be weird. I just hope they never try to implement multiplayer into a regular elder scrolls game unless they make the other person more of a companion and not equal to the main player.
  • Octaviux - May 3, 2012 5:16 p.m.

    I don't think it would be a big deal if they had to go free 2 play soon after launch. I think a lot of TES fans would prefer that.
  • mausjake - May 4, 2012 10:06 a.m.

    FANS???? The fans that have been around since Morrowind or earlier are freaking out. Absolutely none of this follows the lore that the first NINE games and two books have set up. It's like they just said, OH you want multiplayer, here's an MMO and not just any MMO.... The first major MMO with ZERO lore creditably.
  • brickman409 - May 3, 2012 4 p.m.

    what the hell happened to fallout MMO?!?!?!?
  • EwoksTasteLikeChicken - May 3, 2012 2:28 p.m.

    Wow. I have never been a fan of MMOs. I tried Runescape and Lord of the Rings Online, and maybe it's because of my crappy PC, but I just could never get into one. This, this could finally be it. And, if Elder Scrolls Online is half as good as I'm picturing it, this could very well destroy the last bit of my social life.
  • gazzc - May 3, 2012 12:39 p.m.

    Several things concern me here, first they hardly have much experience in mmo creation, secondly the genre is already pretty busy with competition - between wow, guild wars and swtor the standard has already been set very high and you only have to look at how many mmo's have said they will be the best ever only to be another wow clone or have to go F2P. At this point I am not really sure what they can bring that would be new apart from the elder scrolls branding and whilst that will bring in a lot of fans, retaining them on a monthly fee will prove to be a lot more trouble. Of course I could be wrong, it could be the awesome wow killer that has been promised so many times before but only time will tell.
  • Boonehams - May 3, 2012 11:53 a.m.

    I'm calling it: Buggiest. MMO. Ever.
  • TCMU287 - May 3, 2012 12:34 p.m.

    This game is not made by Bethesda! For some reason, the guy who wrote this article did not do his research. It is made by a studio created by Bethesda's parent company specifically to make MMOs.
  • ObliqueZombie - May 3, 2012 11:14 a.m.

    This concerns me. I'm already faithfully and happily playing SWTOR, and I plan on playing Guild Wars 2 on its release and possibly check out Tera as some point (now these are all MMOs--that doesn't include the two dozen games I already want to play). I don't foresee myself making much time for this, let alone have much interest. The Elder Scrolls lore has been good at best, but nothing substantial. Here's to hoping they can add a lot of interesting areas, monsters and loot. I'll find out when my GI comes in later this month.
  • c-c-c-combo breaker - May 3, 2012 4:21 p.m.

    'I'm already faithfully and happily playing SWTOR' 'The Elder Scrolls lore has been good at best, but nothing substantial.'
  • ObliqueZombie - May 5, 2012 7:19 p.m.

    I don't get it.
  • c-c-c-combo breaker - May 6, 2012 5:32 a.m.

    I wouldn't expect you to
  • theguyinthecloset - May 4, 2012 12:46 a.m.

    "The Elder Scrolls lore has been good at best, but nothing substantial." ... Really!? maybe you should try roaming around in here: The lore is HUMONGOUS! It's been built since the creators played DnD in their basements while teenagers! There are dozens of religions and many times that of gods. there is a full hisstory spanning over 4 millenia (and that's just "recorded" history, the various religions beliefs and (ingame) theories go well before that (the Merethic Era lasted 2500 years and before that was the Dawn Era which is the Genesis of the world and time did not exist before Akatosh's descent.)
  • mausjake - May 4, 2012 10:09 a.m. doesn't even hit the tip of the iceburg. If you like TES lore this will blow your mind,
  • theguyinthecloset - May 4, 2012 5:47 p.m.

    yes but the imperial library does not stay in facts there are lots of speculative facts made by the writers (mostly about religions and gods and unknown details of know events), UESP is like an encyclopedia as it would be seen by the people in the TES universe which means everything is fact unlike the imperial librrary. and i was only pointing it out for that fool over there.
  • ObliqueZombie - May 5, 2012 7:20 p.m.

    Ah, I did not know that. What I know is from Morrowind and on, and that only really showed me... well, hardly anything. I'm more concerned with weapon variations and monsters to kill, than anything. Obviously, however, this is Morrowind/Oblivion/Skyrim we're talking about. They couldn't exactly stuff hundreds of enemies.
  • ncurry2 - May 3, 2012 10:59 a.m.

    My biggest concern is how will it perform technically. They struggle to release games that don't break themselves for a single player adventure. How will they handle hundreds simultaneously?
  • deadbrownrabbit - May 3, 2012 10:32 a.m.

    I dont get it. It doesnt seem like the most logical thing to do with the elder scrolls universe, but I guess Ill give it a chance.
  • Marcunio88 - May 3, 2012 10:24 a.m.

    I don't understand the hate for MMO's. Some of my fondest gaming memories are of me and some friends getting together and doing random shit online. I get the feeling that a lot of the people hating on MMO's just assume they're only made as a cash grab because of the monthly fees. I played WOW for five years and was never unhappy about paying for it. There was always more content than I could ever get through, I'd say an endless game is probably worth paying for. Each to their own though I guess, but I'm certainly looking forward to this.

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